|Mission Impossible: LAMBERTVILLE Page 3:
The Mission Finally Ends
The custom fireplace above was a bit of a challenge, because
the Owners gave me a picture of what they wanted, but they were
happy with the final result. The pictures around this text, are of a
bathroom we made from a small room at the front of the house.
Supposedly, back in the day there was a small room for the
newborn and it's crib.
|Fireplace Details, Upstairs Bathroom
I can actually keep going, but this job already took up three pages, and I didn't make that much money on this job to pay for more pages (kidding).
This job wasn't just an addition with the typical home improvement package, it was a challenge. Actually I believe it was the biggest challenge I have
faced yet. Taking into consideration, that not only was it a Duplex, with the neighbors only eight inches away from possible disaster, but the building
itself was built in the 1860's. I remember when I went there for the first time to look at the house and meet with the Owner Keith Finkral. I was thinking to
myself.."No Way" this was just an impossible job (this was obviously said in my mind, while my mouth was saying...No Problem). I only had a nine foot
wide driveway for access to the site. The back yard was small. I had to demo the back half of the house (and prevent the rest from collapsing). Just no
way. Then, after a few more visits to the house, and getting to know it a little better, I became more confidant that, well, maybe yes it can be done. Then
one day on another fairly normal job, I thought, that without a challenge in life, what's the use. I made my mind up that I would go ahead and bid on the
job. I want to thank Dr. & Mrs. Finkral for hiring D & J Construction, and having the confidence in me to come to a successful finish. After we got started,
they had so much confidence, that they went to live in their other home in Massachusetts, and I hardly saw them (except when it was time for a
payment). We kept in contact with: cell phones, email, and when there were questions or problems that had to be seen, I would take a picture with my
cell phone, attach it to my laptop, and send it to them for a decision. This was a Great job, and I am proud to have been a part of it.